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Contrasting politics in Dhaka and Delhi

THE THIRD VIEW

Published Date: February 23, 2015
Contrasting politics in Dhaka and Delhi

HAVE any of our politicians been listening to Arvind Kejriwal's speeches, especially the one after he took oath as the chief minister of the Indian capital? I suppose not. To be fair, neither did the Indian politicians before his magnificent victory in the latest Delhi Assembly polls. If they had, they may not...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam
PM’s Threat of Action Against The Daily Star

Published Date: February 20, 2015
Free media not the enemy

Free media not the enemy

Threat to Bangladesh's prosperity and democracy does not come from the free and independent media. It comes from terrorism. And you can only fight terrorism by taking the people with you, and that you can only do if you allow the free media to play its role.  Hence, we must express our astonishment and...

Commentary
Tutsi And Hutuisation Of Bangladesh Politics

Published Date: February 10, 2015
Coming of 'tribalism' in our parties?

Coming of 'tribalism' in our parties?

It was the death in a plane crash of Rwandan President Habyarimana, in April 1994, that triggered the vicious killings between the Hutus and Tutsis. The world shuddered at the horror, and the ordinary people of Rwanda suffered immeasurably at the hands of the killers from both tribes, quick to take advantage of...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Stop this butchery

Stop this butchery

It is the photograph of two and a half years old Safir that we find so unbearable. I have recently visited Hiroshima Museum of the atomic bomb victims. There are heart-rending pictures of the devastation where I have seen photographs of child victims of the carnage. Those who survived were burnt by the...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam
Mockery of Democracy-3

Published Date: January 16, 2015
BNP-Jamaat's mindless violence, again

BNP-Jamaat's mindless violence, again

A bus helper was burnt alive in the early hours yesterday, in Gazipur, near Dhaka when blockaders set fire to the bus in which he was sleeping. On the day before, in Rangpur, five people, including a child, were burnt to death when a petrol bomb was thrown at a running bus. So...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam
Mockery of Democracy 2

Published Date: January 9, 2015
'Internment' of BNP chief, a dangerous precedent

'Internment' of BNP chief, a dangerous precedent

The Awami League will not be in power forever, nor will Sheikh Hasina be the prime minister. Power might change hands in future elections. But some of the precedents that are being set might haunt us for many years to come, as some past precedents have done for so many years, severely crippling...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: January 7, 2015
Making a mockery of democracy

Making a mockery of democracy

There is nothing much in Khaleda Zia's politics that we find worthy of support. Her alliance with Jamaat - a party that publicly and actively opposed our Liberation War, and many of whose leaders have been found guilty of crimes against humanity - continues to alienate her and her party from freedom fighters,...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: December 19, 2014
The massacred children are 'Ours'

The massacred children are 'Ours'

Ever since the massacre of children in Pakistan I have been thinking about the mindset of the people who carried it out. I was trying to understand what sort of a narrative could have made the assailants so barbaric and how could events have been so perversely interpreted for them as to make...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Human Rights or Human 'Farce' Day

Human Rights or Human 'Farce' Day

That is what our Human Rights Day is -- a farce. A country that has shameful number of extrajudicial killings, extremely high number of disappearances and, most disturbingly, a government which is at best nonchalant or at worst tacitly acquiescing  of it can only observe the International Humans Rights day as a human...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: December 5, 2014
Whatever happened to our sense of decency?

Whatever happened to our sense of decency?

When politics and politicians become abusive, it is a clear sign that democracy is not working, for one of the preconditions of democracy is a minimum sense of decency in how we conduct ourselves. Alas, we have lost that “sense of decency” in the AL-BNP confrontational politics of the last two decades whose most...